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Dallas Sports Commission (DSC)
Executive Update, July 2019

DSC Executive Director Monica Paul, REC Foundation CEO Dan Mantz, and Perot Museum CEO Dr. Linda Silver

REC Foundation & Dallas Sports Commission Announce Return of VEX Robotics World Championship to Dallas

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Dallas Sports Commission announced on July 18 that the REC Foundation's VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will return to Dallas from 2021 through 2024.  The REC Foundation's VEX Robotics World Championship, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest robotics competition in the world, is a week-long event celebrating hands-on STEM learning and will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The world's top teams will gather to compete in robotics competitions focused on creative design and problem solving with more than 35,000 attendees from over 40 countries.

"We are thrilled to partner with the REC Foundation to bring the VEX Robotics World Championships back home to Dallas for 2021-2024," said Monica Paul, the Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission.  "STEM education is part of our DNA in Dallas and the extensive STEM and robotics community locally is not just important in our schools but in also recruiting companies, jobs and workforce to the Dallas area.  Bringing the VEX Worlds to Dallas embodies the out of the box thinking that we have embraced as the Dallas Sports Commission is always looking to expand our portfolio of events and competitions we host."

USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas hosted the USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships (BJNC) from June 30 through July 7.  A record number 615 teams traveled to Dallas to compete for one of seven national titles that were on the line.  Dallas hosted the BJNC for the third time in the last ten years, having previously hosted in 2012 and 2016.  Approximately 22,000 players, family members and spectators visited the Dallas area for the tournament.

Additional DSC events in July:

  • Planning meeting for Cotton Bowl Stadium Prep Showcase, July 3
  • Dallas2026 activation at Club America vs. Pumas soccer match, July 9
  • Varsity Spirit Camp, July 9-11
  • Dallas2026 activation at Club Leon vs. Toluca F.C. soccer match, July 10
  • Site visit for NAGAAA Gay Softball World Series, July 11-13
  • Dallas Police Athletic League (PAL) Battle in Big D boxing tournament, July 11-14
  • Planning meeting with National Cheerleaders Association, July 17
  • Staff attended Sevilla-Chivas soccer match press conference, July 18
  • Monica Paul attended Jason Witten Foundation Board meeting, July 22
  • Dallas2026 activation at Chivas vs. Athletic Madrid soccer match, July 23
  • Planning meeting with World Food Championships, July 25
  • Varsity Spirit Camp, July 28-31
  • Planning meeting with State Fair Classic, July 29
  • Planning meeting with SUM for 2020 NCAA Women's Regionals, July 30
  • Planning meeting with REC Foundation and VisitDallas Diversity & Inclusion staff, July 30
  • Planning meeting with Texas Pickleball Open Championship, July 30
  • Staff attended Service Awareness Group (SAG) meeting, July 31